"Reclining Nude" Original Signed Etching by an Anonymous artist, c. 1930

Anonymous (France, 20th Century)

"Reclining Nude" Original Signed Etching by an Anonymous artist, c. 1930

List Price $350

An original signed etching on wove paper by an anonymous European artist (circa 1930's) titled "Reclining Nude". Pencil signed lower right. Illegible signature. Framed size: 14.5" x 16". Image size: 4.5" x 6.75". Very minimal spotting, in overall excellent condition.

This etching likens the classic reclining nude composition. A famous example would be "Olympia", a painting by Édouard Manet, first exhibited at the 1865 Paris Salon, which shows a nude woman ("Olympia") lying on a bed being brought flowers by a servant. Olympia was modelled by Victorine Meurent and Olympia's servant by the art model Laure. Olympia's confrontational gaze caused shock and astonishment when the painting was first exhibited because a number of details in the picture identified her as a prostitute. The French government acquired the painting in 1890 after a public subscription organized by Claude Monet. The painting is on display at the Musée d'Orsay, Paris.

In part, the painting was inspired by Titian's Venus of Urbino (c. 1538), which in turn refers to Giorgione's Sleeping Venus (c. 1510). Léonce Bénédite was the first art historian to explicitly acknowledge the similarity to the Venus of Urbino in 1897. There is also some similarity to Francisco Goya's La maja desnuda (c. 1800).

There were also pictorial precedents for a nude woman, attended by a black servant, such as Ingres' Odalisque with a Slave (1842), Léon Benouville's Esther with Odalisque (1844) and Charles Jalabert's Odalisque (1842). Comparison is also made to Ingres' Grande Odalisque (1814). Unlike other artists, Manet did not depict a goddess or an odalisque but a high-class prostitute waiting for a client.

FRAMED: HEIGHT: 14½ in | WIDTH: 16 in

Origin France
Category Engravings
Circa1930
Period 20th Century
ConditionExcellent

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